There was a time NASCAR fans and drivers wanted more short tracks and road courses; The times have changed
NASCAR evolution continues…
Fans complained for 20 years about the disregard for short tracks. After beating the dead drum, they eventually left and found other forms of short track racing.
By 2019 and 2020, NASCAR was actually listening to fans for the first time in years. That change was the result of a massive leadership shift which followed a drunken episode (or several).
Prior to the Next Gen car, NASCAR was finally expressing interest in adding more short tracks and road courses to their schedule, typically at the expense of 1.5-mile tracks.